Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was essentially developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon. Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact." The art has flourished in Thailand, filtering in from many other countries and becoming an important part of the nation's history as well as its culture. The art of Muay Thai continues to thrive and inspire generation after generation with its discipline as well as its exquisite demonstration of physical skill.